On one of sculptor Brenda Garand’s many trips to the province of Quebec, she spent time in Tadoussac, where a merchant and French navy captain acquired a fur trade monopoly. Oral history and the legend of a place interest Garand; she said most of her ideas for her sculptures come from a psychological sense of history and a physical sense of place.
There are those who think that science and religion cannot coexist. Jennifer Wiseman has set out to prove that they can.
Wiseman, the director of the American Association for the Advancement of Science’s Dialogue on Science, Ethics and Religion told Friday morning’s Amphitheater audience that the marvels of space exploration do not necessarily disprove the existence of a higher power.
“The heavens have inspired humanity, as long as we have been recording history,” Wiseman said. “People have wondered, ‘Why do we have a sense of right and wrong? Where does that come from? What is our purpose? How should we live our lives?’ ”
The man responsible for repairing the Hubble Space Telescope, flying six space missions and performing the first spacewalk on Space Shuttle Challenger’s first flight was a high school dropout.
Story Musgrave, who gave Wednesday’s morning lecture in the Amphitheater, kept the audience spellbound with the tale of his transformation from farm boy to NASA astronaut — accumulating seven master’s degrees along the way.
Radicalism in science is essential to move forward. In the span of two years, four scientific revolutions proved that to be true.
Those four revolutions were in space, nuclear energy, genomics and computing.
“Scientific discoveries come from people thinking thoughts that have never been thought before or people using experimental tools that have not been used before,” said theoretical physicist Freeman Dyson at Wednesday’s morning lecture in the Amphitheater.
Dyson, professor emeritus at the Institute of Advanced Study, shared his experience living through the four radical revolutions that occurred from 1944 to 1945 as the third speaker of Week Eight, themed “Radicalism.”
A week from now, the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum will open its Space Shuttle Pavilion, giving visitors the opportunity to get an up close view of the space shuttle Enterprise. Many New Yorkers have been following the shuttle’s journey. My colleagues and I had our eyes to the sky above our Manhattan offices in late April as the Enterprise flew over the tri-state area, piggybacked on a 747. City dwellers and tourists in New York and New Jersey flocked to piers along the Hudson River to watch as the shuttle moved to its new home. There’s a reason so many took the time to witness the events. It was a rare glimpse of a piece of history, but it is also the idea of touching the stars and orbiting the Earth that is awe-inspiring, stirs our excitement and makes us believe the impossible can be achieved.
“Sesame Street” debuted the same year Apollo 11 landed on the moon. Both ideas — of landing a man on the moon and making an educational children’s program — were at first met with skepticism. All doubts were quickly dashed, though, when each of the wild ideas culminated in pioneering new paths for their respective fields.